Paris Renames Metro Stations in Honor of World Cup Victory

President Emmanuel Macron celebrates despite pouring rain as the France team are presented with the World Cup

The host of America's late-night TV programme, The Daily Show, has drawn the ire of France's ambassador to the USA after joking that "Africa won the World Cup".

Of the 16 players of African descent, star midfielder Paul Pogba's family originally come from Guinea, while 19-year-old forward Kylian Mbappe's mother is Algerian and his father Cameroonian.

Without any African country reaching the semi-finals of the Mundial ever and all falling short this year, Oliseh joined in the consolatory approach from fans across the continent in claiming their input in France's second World Cup triumph.

"Eternal Happiness" read today's headline in French sports daily L'Equipe, summing up the mood of many who hoped the euphoria would last.

Winning the soccer World Cup has turned the French, long-time pessimists, into optimists, but has not boosted President Emmanuel Macron's popularity, a survey showed on Tuesday.

But some were keen to push that phrase to one side, seeing in it a sense of separateness, even if it was meant positively.




"We're not still celebrating "Black-Blanc-Beur", we're celebrating brotherhood". Not in a negative way but in a positive way as in, 'Look at these Africans, who can become French.

Paris' RATP metro system, for its part, celebrated the success of the new world champions by temporarily renaming six stations in honour of the key players and their coach, Didier Deschamps.

He is only the second teenager to score in a World Cup final after Pele in 1958. Mbappe replied to the tweet in English saying "The king will always remain the king", quickly gaining 15,000 retweets.

As night fell, the dancing and singing continued, with the Arc de Triomphe at the top of the famed boulevard lit up in the red, white and blue of the French flag.

Crowds began converging early Monday on the Champs Elysees, the gathering point for all national celebrations, for a parade by the team atop an electric bus expected to start in the early evening.

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